NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H12.02-9970
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unobtrusive Workload Measurement
PROPOSAL TITLE: Cognitive Assessment and Prediction to Promote Individualized Capability Augmentation and Reduce Decrement (CAPT PICARD)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Charles River Analytics, Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 - 4555
(617) 491-3474

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Bethany K. Bracken
bbracken@cra.com
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 - 4555
(617) 491-3474 Extension :733

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Yvonne Fuller
yfuller@cra.com
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 - 4555
(617) 491-3474 Extension :544

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Unobtrusive Workload Measurement is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Manned NASA missions include long periods of low workload, followed by sudden, high tempo operations. This can be detrimental to situational awareness and operational readiness. During these missions, disrupted sleep, long-term motion exposure, lack of normal gravity, and other operational characteristics result in fatigue, stress, decreased mood, and impaired cognitive and psychomotor functioning. An unobtrusive system to measure, assess, and predict astronaut workload could warn astronauts or mission control when steps should be taken to augment cognitive readiness. This system would also be useful during testing and engineering when tools and systems are being evaluated. Engineers could accurately evaluate the cognitive and physical demands of these tools, and the effects they will have on task performance and accuracy. Charles River Analytics proposes to design and demonstrate a system for Cognitive Assessment and Prediction to Promote Individualized Capability Augmentation and Reduce Decrement (CAPT PICARD). CAPT PICARD will: (1) use a suite of sensors to perform real-time synchronous data collection in a robust and unobtrusive fashion, and provide a holistic assessment of the astronaut; (2) extract, fuse, and interpret the best combination of indicators of astronaut state; (3) comprehensively predict performance deficits, optimizing the likelihood of mission success; and (4) display the data to support the information requirements of any user. Phase I goals defined in the solicitation are a literature review and design of an algorithm to assess workload. These will be a major focus; however, there is substantial overlap between CAPT PICARD and related efforts at Charles River. Therefore, we will go beyond that expectation and demonstrate a functional prototype. Meeting these requirements will dramatically improve astronaut mission readiness and the design and development of the tools used to assist them in carrying out mission objectives.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
We expect the full-scope system for Cognitive Assessment and Prediction to Promote Individualized Capability Augmentation and Reduce Decrement (CAPT PICARD) to have immediate and tangible benefit for NASA. In particular, CAPT PICARD will help monitor the workload of astronauts over short- and long-duration missions. We seek to enhance the effectiveness of widely-used tools, such as assessments that interrupt task performance, including the Psychomotor Vigilance Self-Test used by astronauts on ISS missions (NASA, 2014) by incorporating the innovations developed under CAPT PICARD. Augmenting these tools will enable crew monitoring astronauts to cue astronauts of impending deficits to aid in augmenting mission performance. In addition, CAPT PICARD will enable more effective testing and engineering by measuring workload added by new tools and systems while they are being designed and developed rather than once they are deployed. This capability will ultimately result in increased performance in astronauts and decreased costs in deploying technology to astronauts, furthering NASA's goals of expanding the frontiers of knowledge, capability, and opportunity in space, and developing technologies to improve the quality of life on our home planet.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
We see two approaches to commercializing the technologies developed under this program. First, they can be licensed to other commercial entities that will use them directly or incorporate them as added functionality to their commercial products. In particular, we will look at companies in the long- and short-duration shipping market, including UPS and FedEx, as potential licensees of this technology. Second, we will incorporate this new technology into our AgentWorks™ software, which will both increase its appeal as a commercial product and enable us to use the tool to provide consulting services based on AgentWorks to customers within the DoD, other Federal agencies, and commercial markets.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Modeling (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Physiological/Psychological Countermeasures
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)

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